• Vol 2, No 2 (2011)
  • Civil Engineering

Sustainable Development Options for Papua

Phil Smith

Cite this article as:
Smith, P. 2017. Sustainable Development Options for Papua. International Journal of Technology. Volume 2(2), pp.171-178
Phil Smith Hoshin, Data Hoshin, Studio Hoshin, Manchester ; PT Multi-Interdana, Jakarta
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The paper presents some early outputs from a study considering Papua’s economic development options. Rich in mineral and forestry wealth, Papua paradoxically suffers the highest levels of poverty in Indonesia; it can be argued that uneven income distribution is as significant as a lack of wealth, or potential. Using secondary data sources the paper looks at how economic development options impact on Papua. However, it concludes that unless Papua resolves its chronic energy shortages economic development will be constrained. Therefore, it considers a number of sustainable energy sources including jatropha and sago and clean technologies: biodiesel, ethanol and anaerobic digestion. An initial cost benefit feasibility study is presented for each option, prior to making some early observations on their economic, social and environmental impact.

Anaerobic digestion, Clean energy, Economic development, Papua, Sustainability


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